Midleton lift Féile hurling Premier 1 trophy

By Rory Noonan, The Echo

Midleton 1-11
Ballincollig 0-11 (aet)
It took extra time to separate the sides as Midleton were crowned Premier 1 Féile Hurling champions at Togher.
The winners were made to fight all the way by Ballincollig, who were hoping to complete the double, having won the football a week ago.
Points from Charlie McCarthy and Rory Nolan in the second half of extra time secured the win for the Magpies after a top-class game of hurling.
Ballincollig can’t be faulted for their efforts and, on many a day, their display would have been enough to win it.
Jack Costello was outstanding, with Bobby Power, James Harrington, Luke Higgins, and Daithí Murphy also doing well.
They were up against a talented Midleton side, who had stars all over the pitch — with Finn Cahill, Alfie Hennessy, Jack Cahill, and Rory Nolan playing their parts in their win.
Jack Cahill opened the scoring for the winners, with Power replying from a free for the Village.
A good move, involving Cal McCarthy and Fionn Walsh, set up Daithí Murphy to put Ballincollig in front and, when Eanna Lynch raised a white flag, they led by 0-3 to 0-1.
With seven minutes gone, Midleton got the only goal of the game, after John O’Sullivan burst through the Ballincollig defence to score.
Credit to Ballincollig, they hit back with Murphy on target again from a very tight angle out wide. A booming Costello free made it 0-5 to 1-1 in their favour.
Jack Cahill pulled a point back for Midleton, with the lively Power replying to see the Village 0-6 to 1-2 up at half time.
Two more from Power, one from play and a free, increased their lead, and they looked likely to win. However, Midleton upped their game with Liam Walsh, Ciaran O’Brien, and Hennessy all scoring to draw them level, 1-5 to 0-8.
Power put his side back in front before Kaden Coomey made a brilliant save to deny O’Sullivan a goal for Midleton.
However, a late free from Walsh saw the Magpies level to take it to extra time.
Walsh put his side back in front, but again Ballincollig replied with Power and Costello both scoring from frees to make it 0-11 to 1-7. Two more from Walsh, one a free, put his side one point up at half time in extra time.
It was always going to be tough for Ballincollig from here, and their fate was determined when Charlie McCarthy put his side two points clear. With the last shot of the game, McCarthy put three between the sides to see his side run out deserving winners after a highly entertaining game.
Scorers for Midleton: L Walsh 0-5 (0-3 f), J O’Sullivan 1-0, J Cahill 0-2, C O’Brien, A Hennessy, R Nolan, C McCarthy 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: B Power 0-6 (0-3 f), D Murphy 0-2, J Costello 0-2 f, E Lynch 0-1 each.
MIDLETON: W Stokes; C Hogan, B Dunlea, J Quill; R McCormack, P Egan, F Cahill; A Hennessy, C Kelly; J O’Sullivan, C McCarthy, L Walsh; R Nolan, J Cahill, C O’Brien.
Subs: B O’Dalaigh, D Crowley, D Moloney, A Molumby, M Stewart, P Spelman, R O’Brien, E Foley, D Butler.
BALLINCOLLIG: K Coomey; S Richmond, L Higgins, P Skehan; J Harrington, J Costello, E Harris; J Miskella, E Stack; E Lynch, C McCarthy, F Walsh; D Murphy, E Ó hUrnaí, B Power.
Subs: D McCarthy, C McDonnell, B O’Driscoll, M Downey, D O’Regan, S O’Brien, E Lonergan.
Referee: Peter O’Donovan, Carraig na bhFear.